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“LET.IT.GO” Book Giveaway

I’m so excited to announce today a wonderful giveway from Karen Ehman! Do you know Karen? She is the Director of the Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker team and the author of six books. Her passion is to provide practical inspiration and biblical encouragement to help women live their priorities and love their lives. She’s been a guest on The 700 Club, Moody Midday Connection and Focus on the Family. She and her college sweetheart Todd are raising their three kids in the boondocks of central Michigan. Connect with her at karenehman.com

Here’s a little bit about the book:

Women are wired to control. We make sure the house is clean, the meals prepared, the children are dressed, and everyone gets to where they’re going on time. But sometimes our strength of being conscientious can morph into the weakness of being a slight—or all out—control freak! This humorous, yet spiritually practical book will help you to:

  • Take control of your schedule yet welcome interruptions from God
  • Draw the line between mothering and micromanaging
  • Influence your husband instead of manipulating him
  • Learn to control your emotions when you can’t control the circumstances
  • Stop pursuing the appearance of perfection and start pursuing the person of God
NOTE: A 6-week teaching dvd and Bible Study guide is also available for group and individual use.
Check out this video!

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What others are saying:

“If ever there was a book tailor made to hit at the heart of a woman’s struggle with control, this is it. I found myself shaking my head in agreement even though I wouldn’t have classified myself as a control freak.  But boy did I have a lot to learn. Not only does Karen challenge us on this important issue, she equips us to find the peace we crave as we learn to practically “Let It Go.”

Lysa TerKeurstNew York Times Bestselling Author of Made to Crave and Unglued and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries

Karen is giving away two copies of Let.It.Go. to two Good Morning Girl readers this week!!

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Also, one random reader who comments on one of the blog tour sites can Win a Kindle Fire!! 

Giveaway ends Sunday, November 25th at 10pm EST.

 

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Love God Greatly!

-Angela

 

 

{Week 11} WIWW Link-Up Party…..To the Unmarried and women without children…

To the unmarried and women without children……my sweet sisters I speak to you today. I know reading through Proverbs 31 can be hard at times. At first glance it seems to only speak to women who are married and who have children…..but please let me invite you to dig a little deeper and look a little longer…..Proverbs 31 is for ALL women. Regardless if you’re married, unmarried, have children or don’t have children…..God’s Word is for everyone!

This week we are covering verses 28 & 29:

Proverbs 31:28
Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her.

Proverbs 31:29
Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.

This past year I have went to more funerals than ever in my life. In November my dear grandmother passed away and then just last week one of my favorite uncles went to be with the Lord unexpectedly while I was away on vacation, during that same trip one of my dear friend’s mother-n-law also went home to be with Jesus.

Even in my church family this past year, I could share stories of friends’ loved ones going home to be with Jesus.

The importance of how you live your life has been heavy on my mind…..especially this past week.

Proverbs 31 is more than just how to be a good wife or mother……it’s about how to live your life well.
It’s about the importance of servant hood.
It’s about the importance of being intentional with the days, years, months and breathes we are given.
It’s about staying focused on one person…….Jesus.

When I read verses 28 and 29, I see more than just a mother and wife. I see a woman who lived her life fully for God’s glory!

A woman who lived to bring honor and glory to her King!

Married or not married…….bring glory to the King in how you live your life right where you’re at.

With or without children……bring glory to the King in the example you set for the younger generations.

Bloom where you are planted.

TOGETHER we can reach more women for Jesus!

Do you not realize how important you are? We need you!

So many women need good role models to follow…..women who have went through hard times and have a beautiful testimony of how God was with them every step of the way. We need to hear stories of God’s faithfulness. We need to hear that a woman is complete not because of her marriage status or if she has children……but a woman is complete because of who she is in Christ!!!

My sweet friends, please remember we ALL need beautiful examples to follow! Be that example for someone else!

The accolades the Proverbs 31 woman receives are for all women…..regardless if she is married or not. Regardless if she has children or not.

She is praised not because she is a wife and mother, she is praised because of how she lived her life.

A life that was totally focused on serving her Lord as she served others.

When my time here on earth is finally over I pray that those who knew me will remember me as a woman who loved her Lord with all her heart and with every breath her good Lord gave her. I pray that I “run my race well” and that I too, will hear the ultimate accolade from the King of Kings…..“Well done good and faithful SERVANT!”

 

 

Love God Greatly!

 

 

 

 

Women around the world are IN THE WORD!

Every Wednesday we will have a link-up. If you are a blogger we invite you to link-up any blog posts that you have written about your quiet time that week. We ask that you put our button in the post or on your sidebar so we can find each other. We do not have code for this link up button. Just right click and save as. Then link it to http://www.goodmorninggirls.org

 

 

 

 

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The Proverbs 31 Woman- Week 10

 

Welcome to week 10 of our 14 week study of the Proverbs 31 Woman!!! I’m sooo glad you’re joining us!

This week we are going to focus on verse 27.

Proverbs 31:27

She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.

 


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The above picture was taken this past week as we celebrated my middle daughter’s 5th birthday. Addie loves any and everything princess…….so of course she wanted to celebrate her birthday with a princess party! As I was preparing for her party I began to think about the Proverbs 31 Woman and verse 27….she was watchful over her family. She spent time investing in their lives.

She knew their likes and dislikes.

She knew what made them “tick”…..she knew their weaknesses and their strengths and because of this knowledge, she knew the wisdom she needed to speak into their lives.

As I discussed with Addie what type of party she wanted I was given the opportunity to talk to her about her favorite topic….princesses. We talked about how pretty the princesses are but how outward beauty is not as important as inner beauty. We discussed what it means to be pretty on the inside and why that’s so important. We talked about her favorite princesses and the inner beauty each princess had. But most importantly we talked about how one becomes a princess. A princess is a girl who is the daughter of the king…. that when a girl asks Jesus into her heart she too becomes a princess. We talked about what that means, what sin is and why Jesus came to die for our sins.

This week as I was getting ready to celebrate my daughter’s birthday I was reminded how important it is to slow down, to invest in personal one-on-one “facetime” and find time to connect.

The Proverbs 31 Woman knew the needs of her family because she was watchful of them and because she didn’t eat the bread of idleness.

When we take our eyes off glorifying God and off our family’s needs, we can be tempted by what we see. When we start paying more attention to what “She” is doing or what “She” has…..we open the door to jealously and discontentment. Even in our “downtime” let’s make sure it’s productive and feeding our minds, hearts and souls well! Read an inspiring book, take time to call a friend on the phone and encourage her, or make something with your hands that you enjoy and that can bless your family or those outside your home!

What the Proverbs 31 woman isn’t doing is watching TV or Facebook status updates- she’s watching over the affairs of her household.

Remember, YOU are irreplaceable in your home – never forget that!

Your watchful eye and diligence will make your home a pleasant place for everyone who comes through your doors.

Look around where you sit – has your home been neglected?  Do you know what’s going on in your husband’s or children’s lives? Make a point today to invest in your home and in those who live in your home! You are irreplaceable my sweet friend and they NEED YOU!!!!

Week 10 Challenge: Make sure to spend time together around the table this week and ask each member their “High” and “Low” for the day…..spend time discussing what each person shares. Also, pay attention to how you spend your down time….is what you’re watching, reading, listening to helping your walk with Christ or hurting it? Are you growing in wisdom because of how you’re spending your time?

 

*To find the videos from weeks 1-9 click here .
**To find the Proverbs 31 Bible reading plan – click here and begin Week 10 today.

 

Now it’s your turn, how do you put Proverbs 31: 27 into action?

 

Love God Greatly!

 

 

 

 

Ohhh and just in case you’re wondering if that baby in the middle of the picture smiles……yes she does…….a lot actually!

 

 

 

 

 

{Week 9} WIWW Link-Up Party… Words That Water Souls

 

Each day we have an amazing opportunity…..

Morning after morning, God gives us the opportunity to be women who speak words of life into our family and friends.

Each day we have the opportunity to speak words that:

  • Build-up
  • Encourage
  • Give hope

Each day we have the opportunity to water the souls of those around us.

Each day we have a choice.

  • Will I build my home today or tear it down? (Proverbs 14:1) (paraphrased)

One of the ways we build our homes is by the words we use.

In Luke 6:45 we are told, “For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.”

My question today is, “What’s filling your heart?”

Based on the words coming out of your mouth, how’s your heart?

Are you paying attention to what you are allowing into your heart?

The movies, books, blogs, TV shows…. even your thoughts?

We are called to be in the world but not of the world. Because of who we are, we should not talk like the world talks.

We are called to be different.

One way to be different is in our speech.

How we speak to our husbands, our children, our friends and even the grouchy, critical lady at the grocery store says a lot about what’s going on inside our hearts.

I want to challenge us today to be more than just women who read the bible, I want us to be doers…….doers of God’s Word!

Women who put our faith into action!

One of the ways to do this is by controlling our tongues and watching what is filling our hearts.

James 1:26 says, “If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, deceives himself and his religion is worthless.”

As Christian women, we must exercise control over our tongues…..using our mouths to build others up instead of tear them down. (Eph 4:29)

How can we do this?

1. Pray: Ask God for His help.

2. Retrain your mind: Pay attention to your thoughts…..if you are having critical thoughts of someone pray and thank God for him/her instead.

3. Watch what you feed your heart: Are the books, movies, TV shows, blogs helping me to fill my mind and heart with wisdom, goodness and love?

4. Put your faith into action: Be intentional with your words and focus on speaking words that build others up, words that are loving, kind and compassionate.

 

Putting your faith into action, how are you going to be intentional with your words today…..choosing to build rather than tear down?

 

Here are a few ideas:

1. Challenge yourself not to say one negative remark to your husband or kids today. Go as far as to focus on your thoughts and pray each time you want to say something negative instead of speaking it.

2. Send an encouraging email or text message to your husband today, speaking words of life…….telling him how thankful you are for him, how proud you are of him..etc.

3. When you think of a compliment……say it….don’t just keep it to yourself!

4. Make a point and build someone up today…..it could be the lady at the register, the young mom, your neighbor or someone within your home.

 

Water someone’s soul today…..you’ll be glad you did!

 

Love God Greatly!

 

 

 

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Women around the world are IN THE WORD!

Every Wednesday we will have a link-up. If you are a blogger we invite you to link-up any blog posts that you have written about your quiet time that week. We ask that you put our button in the post or on your sidebar so we can find each other. We do not have code for this link up button. Just right click and save as. Then link it to http://www.goodmorninggirls.org

 

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{Week 8} WIWW Link-Up Party… Finding a Strength That Lasts…

{Great girlfriends from the Caston High School Class of 1992… 20 years later!}

I drove down the country road, taking in familiar houses and farm land.  This night I drove a little slower than usual as thoughts and memories swirled through my head.  At one point a smile came to my face, and I laughed out loud – even though no one was around to hear it – as I mentally compared the eighteen year old me to the thirty-eight year old me.  Would they even recognize me?  Twenty years ago, I walked the aisle to my high school graduation ceremony ready to take on the world (or at the very least, ready to take on my teenage dream of finding a cure for cancer…).  But on this night, I drove up to the reunion in my lived-in minivan full of baseball equipment and baby dolls, thankful for what God had done.

It was the early 1990′s, and I was trying to find my identity.  I watched as my two amazing sisters – the very cute and petite cheerleaders -  were crowned homecoming queens and went on dates every weekend.  I thought strength was found in the number of crowns a girl earned or in the number of guys’ heads she turned.  “0″ for two.  I was the too tall straight “A” girl who played flute in the band, longing to be prettier and funnier than I actually was.

In college I thought I would try my hand at being assertive.  I joined the student government organization, helped kick-off the first ever “Earth Day” on campus, and spoke up for what I believed in.  I thought strength was found in positions and leadership that would build my resume.

Following college graduation, I longed for that perfect job.  Surely the Salutatorian of her high school class should have something to show for herself.  I had dreams of wearing business suits and driving a company car.  And I did.  I thought strength came from being smart and achieving success in the working world.

 

As women, it’s easy to let the world define our strength. 

 

Years went by, I excitedly changed my last name, and babies came.  Four in a little over six years, to be exact. 

And my worldly strength faded.

My definition of beauty changed along with my stretched, sleep-deprived and aging body.  Committee titles were long gone; my impact shallow and fleeting.  And those business suits and that company car?  They had long been traded in for shirts covered in spit-up and a messy, all too predictable Honda Odyssey.

And on one deep-in-the-trenches kind of day, God, through His Word, gently spoke to me about a different kind of strength entirely.  A strength that won’t fade with time, or depend on human accomplishment or what others think of you (no matter if you’re eighteen, or thirty-eight, or seventy-eight).

 

It’s an inner God-given strength that comes from finding your identity in Christ. 

 

John Piper says it this way: “In other words, women, young girls, dream of being so confident in God, and who you are in God as the daughter of the King of the universe, and what he has done for you and promises to do for you and be for you in Jesus Christ, that you fear nothing but God and laugh at the time to come – no matter what it holds.  [Physical beauty] – I promise you will lose it – and the man you get with it is not the kind of man you want.  Assertiveness, you will alienate the very kind of people you want to be around.  Halls of power, they are like grass: the wind passes over it and it is gone.  But the strength that God gives through the gospel abides forever.  The substance of this strength is faith in Jesus Christ.”

So which is it… faith in yourself, or faith in Jesus? 

My thoughts were interrupted as I parked and my eyes met a familiar face in the car next to mine.  I stepped out of my van, wearing a four-year old sundress (with a stain or two that I hoped no one would notice!) that I had thrown on just in time to welcome the babysitter, and I felt stronger than I did twenty years earlier.  Because this time, it wasn’t my strength at all.

 

In Jesus, you can find a strength that lasts…

 

She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.

~Proverbs 31:25

At His Feet,

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Women around the world are IN THE WORD!

Every Wednesday we will have a link-up. If you are a blogger we invite you to link-up any blog posts that you have written about your quiet time that week. We ask that you put our button in the post or on your sidebar so we can find each other. We do not have code for this link up button. Just right click and save as. Then link it to http://www.goodmorninggirls.org

 

 

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